Muslims at Cleveland Airport Refuse to Drive Cabs Advertising Gay Games
As a Cleveland native, I couldn’t help laughing at this story: local Muslims are refusing to drive cabs advertising the “Gay Games.” (Don’t worry, I didn’t know such a thing existed either–until my hometown decided to host them. I assumed gay people play sports the same way other people play them, and therefore never conceived of a “gay Olympics.”)
This is a real dilemma for the politically correct crowd. On one hand, they insist that anyone who wrinkles his nose at the Gay Games is a “homophobe”–but also screech that anyone who criticizes the Religion of Peace is an “Islamophobe.” (Or the old standby, a “racist.”) They’re really trapped here, aren’t they?
Roughly 25 Muslim drivers dispatched to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive cabs adorned with advertising for the region’s upcoming Gay Games, citing religious reasons…Two of the three companies operating at Ohio’s largest airport were informed by the drivers – one-third of the airport’s total fleet – last week that they will no longer participate in the airport’s dedicated taxicab program. The companies, Ace and Yellow Taxi Cab, were told by the drivers that their decision was based on religious reasons, airport spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo told FoxNews.com.
Ann Gynn, a spokeswoman for the Gay Games, said she believes the protest is an “isolated” case and not indicative of the beliefs held by most residents in Cleveland and Akron, where the Gay Games will be held on Aug. 9-16.
I can promise you that opposition to the Gay Games–and gay people in general–is not an “isolated” sentiment in Islam. But it looks like the scales of political correctness are tilted in favor of not offending Cleveland-area Muslims, because the spokeswoman for the Gay Games doesn’t even have the courage to denounce this anti-gay protest. (If the drivers were evangelical Christians, I suspect she’d have plenty to say.) Pathetic!
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